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Minnesota lawmakers split on fiscal cliff vote


The U.S. House on Tuesday night approved a tax plan to avert the "fiscal cliff." The GOP-controlled House approved the bill on a 257-167 vote that maintains tax cuts for most Americans but increases rates on the wealthy. The Democratic-led Senate approved the deal earlier in the day to cap a wild New Year's Day in Congress.

The legislation would raise about $600 billion in new revenues over 10 years, according to various estimates, CNN reports.

Here's how Minnesota House lawmakers voted:


Keith Ellison, yes
Betty McCollum, yes
Colin Peterson, no
Tim Walz, yes


Michele Bachmann, no
Chip Cravaack, no
John Kline, yes
Erik Paulsen, no

Minnesota's U.S. senators, Democrats Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, voted for the legislation.

In a statement, Kline, who broke ranks with fellow Minnesota Republicans, said, "While I am pleased tax relief for the middle class and small businesses is made permanent by this bipartisan legislation, the sobering reality is our nation remains in a debt crisis caused by reckless, runaway spending that is killing jobs and threatening the future of our children and grandchildren."

The vote Tuesday set up several other big debates and more talk of financial crisis in Congress, CBS reports. Among those fights is one over spending cuts, which the legislation approved by Congress largely ignored. Lawmakers are also preparing for another battle over the debt ceiling.

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Minnesota lawmakers squabble over looming 'fiscal cliff'

It's only July, but Minnesota lawmakers in Congress are fretting over January – and not because of winter. Some observers say the nation's federal budget is headed for a "fiscal cliff." Without congressional action, on Jan. 1 Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire and $109 billion in automatic federal spending cuts will be set in motion. A partisan rift has split the state's lawmakers as they debate what Congress ought to do about it.